San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
San Diego— MusicMatch began offering the first media player with integrated mp3PRO encoding and decoding. MusicMatch JukeBox 7.2, at $19.99, also offers other enhancements, including album art tagging to add cover art to new mp3PRO files as they're being ripped from a CD. MusicMatch's Radio MX streaming subscription service also uses mp3PRO. Mp3PRO offers almost double the storage capacity of MP3, extends upper frequency response, and is forward- and backward-compatible with MP3 players. It delivers near-CD 128kbps MP3 performance at a 64kbps data rate.Content encoded in mp3PRO can be played back in a traditional MP3 player but without the quality enhancement. Also, mp3PRO decoders will be able to decode standard MP3.
San Francisco — Satellite-TV provider DirecTv expanded its lineup of Dolby Digital 5.1 channels to more than 20, having recently added the multichannel audio format to standard- and high-definition premium movie channels, Dolby Labs said. The DD lineup consists of 11 premium movie channels, the HDNet channel for a portion of its programming, and 10 pay-per-view movie channels and a special-event channel for which 5.1 programming scheduled on an ad hoc basis, Dolby said.